"PGA Junior League Golf is a fun, social, and inclusive opportunity for boys and girls, ages 13 and under, to learn and enjoy the game of golf from PGA and LPGA Professionals. Like many other recreational youth sports, participants wear numbered jerseys and play on teams with friends." - PGA Jr. League
In 2014 Peter Doherty - Director of Golf at ARCC - began the PGA Junior League at Willowcreek Golf Academy at Atkinson Resort & Country Club.
Once the season started in 2014 and other local families heard about it, and started calling for more information it was obvious the program was going to be a success.
The 2015 PGA Junior League grew to 48 players which allowed Atkinson to have their own league. In 2014 kids played against other golf courses, but in 2015 with enough players to make their own league they were home for all matches and competing against each other.
In 2016 the league grew to almost 70 players allowing for a feeder system, similar to baseball where the minor league feeds players to the major league. This new, larger, improved system was promoted to the families
this way: the top 40-48 players will make the “major” league teams, these team/players will play the front 9 of the championship course in weekly matches against each other, the other 25-30 kids will all play in the “minors” and play the par 3 course. As the "major" league team players age out (age past 13) there will be players from the "minors" that will be ready to step up and into the "majors". This was also done so all players could enjoy the experience equally and hopefully work towards the ultimate goal - make the all star team and advance to the National Tournament.
The 10 players who qualified for this year’s all star team won the sub regional championships here and headed to Cape Cop the weekend of September 16-18 2016. They came up just short (by 1 ½ points to be exact) of going to Arizona for a chance at the national championship, but did grab 3rd place
in this prestigious northeast tourney.
Ultimately, there were over 2500 teams throughout the country that started back in April and Atkinson was one of the final 32 teams. There are only 8 regional finals that go on throughout the country and to be a point and a half away from being in the top 8 was something special.
Registration for the 2017 PGA Junior League season opens February 1, 2017. Contact Willowcreek Golf Academy at (603) 489-0205 or email@example.com